This morning as I began my prayer and study time, I began with God as I always do. But this time I thought of God as not only the Creator, but the only Cause and Effect, the only Supply, Health, Substance, the Maintainer of our Life and our guide and Shepherd. The more I thought along these lines, fear became non-existent and almost, absurd! If we are made in God’s likeness and image we have access to all Good. When we take responsibility for our thinking and immediately recognize what does not come from God, we can refute erroneous thinking and replace it with a Truth, knowing the allness of God and the nothingness of error.
1 Timothy 6:15 reads “Which God will bring about in His own time –God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” When we quieten our thoughts and go into the closet to pray and simply listen; that is truly prayer.
Last night after watching a lecture on the healing power of stillness, I was reminded of a popular book written years ago entitled “God is my Co-pilot”, which went on to become bumper stickers on many cars! Even back then, I would question that phrase. The lecturer said there were times when she thought of herself as the CEO of her life and God as the Divine Assistant that she would turn to from time to time.
The answer to any challenge I am addressing isn’t revealed to me until I see that God is the CEO, not the other way around. Today I will listen more and realize it is through listening, not trying to figure things out, that my understanding is increased. Psalm 5:11 states “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
As I sit at my desk, studying and praying, I reflect back over my childhood. Memories come flooding back of all the stories my mother told me of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and on and on. They were all fabricated and I was told all of these things by someone who claimed to love me unconditionally. After discussing this with a dear friend and mentor, she simply said “Your mom’s motive was pure and from Love.” A light clicked on in my consciousness and no longer did I focus on those stories, but her Love!
Then I was reminded of calls I may receive asking for prayerful help and sometimes, I may be having the same challenge. When we talk about God and His Healing power, there is an issue of hypocrisy that needs to be addressed in my thinking. Once again, my motive is pure and the caller may even see the Truth before I do, but God protects my motive. Jeremiah 3l:3 reads “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” Always, always check your motive and make certain it is from Love.
Today I am spending time with II Kings 5 which is the story of Naaman. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible because it covers so much. Naaman, who was powerful and important humanly but was covered in leprosy. His wife’s maid was a young girl who had been taken from her family to assist this woman, but was also kind and caring and told her about Elisha, the prophet who she said could heal her husband of this dreaded disease. This was told to Naaman and got his attention so he did the necessary things to go to Elisha, who didn’t even come to meet him but sent a messenger to tell him to go wash seven times in the River Jordan.
Naaman was incensed because he was so accustomed to respect and this wasn’t shown to him and the rivers of Damascus were superior to that river in Jordan. Finally, he listened to his men who suggested that he might heed this and go and wash in this river, which he finally did and was healed. The humility he expressed played such a large part in this healing. Then I think of the little girl who was so loving to point this out to her mistress and they listened to her.
Colossians 2:2-3 reads “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Every step in this story was needed for Naaman’s spiritual growth.
This morning I watched a video someone posted about a large high school choir on the balconies of a huge hotel singing “Down to the River to Pray” Acappella and it was simply beautiful. Listening to this, I was thinking of the many unselfish hours given to practicing for the joy of others. Watching the students and seeing their focus on the one Choir Director and the harmony they produced and realizing this was only possible with that one focal point and the blending came from joined efforts; not one being louder or better than another.
Then I thought of a spinning ballerina having to maintain her balance by one focal point who would otherwise become confused and dizzy. My point is by keeping my focus on God and not human circumstances, I can remain in balance. Hebrews 12:2 reads “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
While studying this morning, I was reminded of how absurd human opinions can be. Since I have been on this planet, there have been certain medicines one can purchase across the counter at times while at other times they require prescriptions. Following research, often foods are detrimental to one’s health while at other times they are needed for nutrition. In the fashion world before the 60’s, the body size for a woman that was popular was short and rather sturdy; then the 60’s promoted clothing for tall thin women.
As I pondered this, it became apparent that the only constant for me has been God and His love for me. To attempt to heed human opinions seem ridiculous. Fear often stems through paying attention to “what the latest is” in beliefs, styles, etc. Excessive planning follows that line of thinking leaving God out, which, of course, is impossible. Today, my prayer is to catch my thinking early on as it begins to wander and keep my focus on God/Love. Psalm 46:10 states “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Last night, a family member telephoned me and we hadn’t talked in over a year. That is not unusual since this person has a history of irritating people in the family. We visited for over an hour and it was the most pleasant conversation we had ever had. As I had picked up the phone and saw the name, my first thought was “Oh no” and immediately caught my thought and quickly prayed to see God’s child instead. John 11:44 reads “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, ‘Loose him and let him go.'”
This reminded me to release preconceived opinions and know the Truth about God’s creation that He found “very good”. Being Easter week-end, I had also prayed to know that “He is risen!” and to raise my thoughts as well. Letting go of condemnation, bitterness, harsh judgments and other negativity, I am leaving room for joy!